Stars Nip Lookouts At Huntville, 7-6

Teams Play Final Game of First-Half Saturday

Saturday, June 14, 2014
HUNTSVILLE, AL -- D'Vontrey Richardson broke a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning with his two-run homerun leading the Huntsville Stars(45-24) past the Chattanooga Lookouts(26-43) 8-7 Friday night at Joe Davis Stadium.

Chattanooga took an early 2-0 lead against Stars RHP Drew Gagnon in the first inning.  Darnell Sweeney hit a leadoff homerun on the very first pitch from Gagnon.  Scott Schebler also provided an rbi single in the inning.

The Stars took a lead in the bottom of the first.
  Kentrail Davis led off by reaching base on a throwing error by the shortstop Sweeney.  Davis ultimately came around and scored on another error by Sweeney.  Mitch Haniger grounded a ball back up the middle and the shortstop booted it into centerfield giving the Stars their first run.

Jason Rogers tied the game in the first on a sacrifice fly.  Shawn Zarraga gave the Stars a 3-2 lead after his rbi single.

The Stars took a 5-2 lead in the third inning.  Haniger recorded an rbi on a ground out to second base.  Nick Ramirez also scored in the inning on a passed ball by Chattanooga catcher Chris O'Brien.

In the bottom of the fourth with two outs and Nick Shaw at second base, Davis reached on an infield single which scored Shaw.  The shortstop Sweeney made a diving stop then threw to third base trying to get Shaw.  Daniel Mayora, the Lookouts third baseman dropped the ball allowing Shaw to score.

With the Stars leading 6-2, Chattanooga started to chip away at the deficit in the fifth.  O'Koyea Dickson doubled down the left field line making it 6-3.

Gagnon, who pitched five innings allowing six hits on three runs left the game with a 6-3 lead but ended up taking a no decision.

Schebler hit a long homerun to right field off Tanner Poppe.  It was Schebler's twelfth homer of the year.

Brian Cavazos-Galvez also added an rbi groundout bringing it to a 6-5 Stars lead.

Sweeney tied the game in the seventh for the Lookouts on his second homer of the game.  He launched his sixth homerun of the season against Jose De La Torre.  Sweeney's homerun tied the game at 6-6.

In the bottom of the eighth Chattanooga brought in RHP Juan Gonzalez(1-5).  Shawn Zarraga led off with a single off Gonzalez's leg.  Richardson then stepped to the plate and took Gonzalez deep over the right center field wall.  It was Richardson's third homerun of the season.

David Goforth(3-3) who entered the game for the Stars in the eighth to record the final out, pitched the ninth.

Mayora gave the Lookouts a ninth inning run on his infield rbi single.  Goforth though buckled down to get Casio Grider to ground out to second base to end the game.  The Lookouts left the tying and go ahead runners on base in the ninth.

Ramirez and Zarraga each led the Stars with two hits apiece.

The Stars lead Chattanooga 4-0 in their five game series.  Game five will be played Saturday night at Joe Davis Stadium.  LHP Jed Bradley(0-2, 5.00) will start for the Stars.  Chattanooga will send RHP Raydel Sanchez(0-4, 7.76) to the mound.Chattanooga took an early 2-0 lead against Stars RHP Drew Gagnon in the first inning.  Darnell Sweeney hit a leadoff homerun on the very first pitch from Gagnon.  Scott Schebler also provided an rbi single in the inning.

The Stars took a lead in the bottom of the first.  Kentrail Davis led off by reaching base on a throwing error by the shortstop Sweeney.  Davis ultimately came around and scored on another error by Sweeney.  Mitch Haniger grounded a ball back up the middle and the shortstop booted it into centerfield giving the Stars their first run.

Jason Rogers tied the game in the first on a sacrifice fly.  Shawn Zarraga gave the Stars a 3-2 lead after his rbi single.

The Stars took a 5-2 lead in the third inning.  Haniger recorded an rbi on a ground out to second base.  Nick Ramirez also scored in the inning on a passed ball by Chattanooga catcher Chris O'Brien.

In the bottom of the fourth with two outs and Nick Shaw at second base, Davis reached on an infield single which scored Shaw.  The shortstop Sweeney made a diving stop then threw to third base trying to get Shaw.  Daniel Mayora, the Lookouts third baseman dropped the ball allowing Shaw to score.

With the Stars leading 6-2, Chattanooga started to chip away at the deficit in the fifth.  O'Koyea Dickson doubled down the left field line making it 6-3.

Gagnon, who pitched five innings allowing six hits on three runs left the game with a 6-3 lead but ended up taking a no decision.

Schebler hit a long homerun to right field off Tanner Poppe.  It was Schebler's twelfth homer of the year.

Brian Cavazos-Galvez also added an rbi groundout bringing it to a 6-5 Stars lead.

Sweeney tied the game in the seventh for the Lookouts on his second homer of the game.  He launched his sixth homerun of the season against Jose De La Torre.  Sweeney's homerun tied the game at 6-6.

In the bottom of the eighth Chattanooga brought in RHP Juan Gonzalez(1-5).  Shawn Zarraga led off with a single off Gonzalez's leg.  Richardson then stepped to the plate and took Gonzalez deep over the right center field wall.  It was Richardson's third homerun of the season.

David Goforth(3-3) who entered the game for the Stars in the eighth to record the final out, pitched the ninth.

Mayora gave the Lookouts a ninth inning run on his infield rbi single.  Goforth though buckled down to get Casio Grider to ground out to second base to end the game.  The Lookouts left the tying and go ahead runners on base in the ninth.

Ramirez and Zarraga each led the Stars with two hits apiece.

The Stars lead Chattanooga 4-0 in their five game series.  Game five will be played Saturday night at Joe Davis Stadium.  LHP Jed Bradley(0-2, 5.00) will start for the Stars.  Chattanooga will send RHP Raydel Sanchez(0-4, 7.76) to the mound.

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